1 Web OPAC in General

<All menus are in English>

There is no Japanese version of WebOPAC. The same page is used to search both Japanese and Non-Japanese books.

<Use alphabet for English, kana for Japanese>

Use alphabet to look for English books, kana for Japanese books. See "Using kana and kanji in search" about tips for using Japanese characters.

<Large and small letters ignored>

The differences of following input method are ignored. (i.e. ither ones can be used to get the same reults.)

Large and small letters
Space between words and no space in between
Commas and no commas
Apostrophes and no apostrophes

Umlauts should be omitted when doing the search.

Note that in "Words in Title Search", spaces operate as "and" Boolean operator. See "And Search."

There are two kinds of search screen available; keyword search and index search. In keyword search you input keyword to do a search, wherein index search you choose words from word list (or index) used in WebOPAC data. "Subject Search" can only be done using index search.

(ex.) millenni

--> searches following titles:
"Millennial dreams in action."
"Millennialism, utopianism, and progress."
"Millennium : tribal wisdom and the modern world."
"Millennium and charisma among Pathans."
so on...

The same system is assigned to "Author Search", too.

There are four search fields; Title, Words in Title, Author, Subject.See "Search Screen" for details.

<Cross search by different search fields>

Title, Words in Title, Author can be used in combination to do cross searches.

(ex.) education in "Title Search", meyer in "Author Search"

--> searches books with the titles start with the word Education... and written by person whose name is Meyer.

2 Search Screen

All All kinds of materials.
Journals & Newspapers Journals and newspapers only.
Reference Books Reference books only.
Videotapes Casette tapes, vdeo tapes, CDs etc.
Uchimura Memorial Collection Uchimura Memorial Collections only.
Books on Japan Books written on Japan in English only.

Japanese & Foreign All languages.
Japanese Japanese language only.
Foreign Non-Japanese langauage only.

First 80 letters of the book titles are the targets of this serach. Type first four or five words (or letters) of the title to do searches.

(ex.) handbook of c

--> searches following titles:
"The handbook of camp maintenance." 
"Handbook of career theory."
"Handbook of cellular chemistry."
so on...

Words included in the book titles, subtitles, series titles. two or more keywords can be used to do "And Serach."

(ex.) marx engels

--> searches following titles:
"Marx and Engels on Malthus."
"Marx, Engels, and the poets." 
"Marx Engels Verzeichnis."
so on...

Author names are the targets of this search.

(ex.) bush g

--> searches books which author names start with Bush G....

Subjects (field of study) of the books are the target of this search. Subject search is only available in index search. See "What's Subjects" to learn about subjects.

(ex.) piano music

--> searches books which are written on piano music.

You can limit your search by publisher name. This is an additional function to Title, Words in Title and Author search and not available by itself.

(ex.) routledge

--> searches books which are published by the company named routledge.

You can limit your search by publishing year of books. This is an additional function to Title, Words in Title and Author search and not available by itself.

(ex.) 1978 --> searches books published in 1978.
(ex.) 1964- --> searches books published in 1964 and after.
(ex.) 1997-2002 --> searches books published between 1997 and 2002.

3 Boolean Searches

Operators lke "*", "+", and "\" are used to do more complex searches. Use them in "Word in Tiltle Seach." Do not put spaces between words and operators.

Searches books which contain all words connected by operator *.

(ex.) politics*locke

--> searches books which contain both words, politics and Locke.

Searches books which contain any one of the words connected by operator +.

(ex.) remedy+treatment+therapy

--> searches books which contain any one of the words remedy, treatment, therapy.

(ex.) football/american

--> searches books which contain the word football but no american.

Searches books which makes perfect match with input keywords.

(ex.) economics\

--> searches books with the title economics but no economics in the new world order or economics and macroeconomics and so on.

Most electronic databases allow for a symbol to be used at the end of a word to retrieve variant endings of that word. This is known as truncation. Use character "?"

(ex.) comput?

--> searches following words
so on...

Use parenthesis to difine the order of operation.

(ex.) (japan*english)+japanize

--> searches books which contain both word Japan and English, or the books which contain Japanize.

4 Other Functions

The list of newly arrived books to the library. The books arrived this week, during last 2 weeks, or last 4 weeks. Fields of studies can be designated.

The list of Course Reserve Books. Click professors name to see the books he/she designated as Course Reserve Books for their classes this term. Show circulation staff the call number of the book for checking out.

You can send email including your personal library data to your yamata address. They include list of library books you hold now, showing whether there are any overdues and overdue fines or not.

The list of books in call number order.

5 For Your Information

Automated storage & Retrival System is an automated book storage which you can retrieve the material through WebOPAC. Click [Run ASRS] on WebOAPC screen to retrieve books and pick them up at the Information & Services on the ground floor of the Othmer Library.

For checking out the retrived materials, it then have to be brought to the Circulation Desk as the books on the ordinary shelves.

<To run ASRS on WebOPAC>

1. Click title with ASRS sign on the left. .

2. Click [Run ASRS] on the bottom of the full format display.

3. Click [Run] button.

4. Click [Close] button. Pick up the materials at Information & Services on the ground floor of the Othmer Library.

The books with these signs on the left-hand side of result list are not on the shelves.


Checked out.
Hold Held for person who sent hold request.


Sotred in ASRS.


Set as Course Reserve Books. Ask at the Circulation Desk.


Click the title to check the status of the book.

Do not ONLY use hiragana to search Japanese books unless otherwise printed title is ALL in hiragana. Use:

1. katakana, hirgana and kanji in combination so that input key words are identical to printed materials. or

2. katakana only. This is the most reliable method especially you are not sure of kanji spelling.



Books 菊と刀 菊と刀
Jounal エコノミスト エコノミスト えこのみすと
economist(searches English version)
Author 吉本ばなな 吉本ばなな

Subject of a book is genre or the field of study of the book's contents. For example, Oxford English Dictionary has a subject "English language -- Dictionaries." The chrysanthemum and the sword has subjects "Japan -- Social life and customs" and "Japan -- Civilization." Although these subjects are not printed anywhere in the book, the library assignes as a part of bibliopgrahic data. "Subject Search" enables one to search the books on specific topic.

Not all Enlgish words and phrases are used as subjects. For example, there are no subjects such as "college libraries" or "university libraries." The books on these topic are labeled with subject "academic libraries."

Library of Congress Subject Headings is the rule book or thesaurus of English subjects.